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3 VDC members kidnapped in Doda
Night curfew in Udhampur district

Jammu, October 14
Three Village Defence Committee (VDC) members were today kidnapped by terrorists in the Doda district.

Fewer visitors from PoK going back
Jammu, October 14
The number of visitors from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) refusing to go back on the expiry of their permits has been gradually increasing.

Deportation of Afghan national ordered
Srinagar, October 14
Holding that there is no case against him, a local court has ordered that an Afghan national arrested on the LoC 12 years ago be deported within a month.

BJP units to submit memo to Kalam on Afzal issue
Jammu, October 14
District units of the BJP have decided to send a memorandum to the President of India requesting him not to grant clemency to Mohammad Afzal Guru, sentenced to death for his involvement in the terrorist strike on Parliament on December 13, 2001.

Ibrahim Dar dead
Srinagar, October 14
Former MLA and close associate of National Conference founder Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah Ibrahim Dar passed away today after a brief illness. Mr Dar, who was associated with the freedom struggle and other movements in Jammu and Kashmir, represented the Pulwama Assembly segment in 1977.



 

 

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3 VDC members kidnapped in Doda
Night curfew in Udhampur district
Tribune News Service, Agencies

Jammu, October 14
Three Village Defence Committee (VDC) members were today kidnapped by terrorists in the Doda district.

Reports said a group of terrorists raided the remote village of Grathar last night and kidnapped the VDC members. They also took their arms and ammunition. The Army and Special Task Force (STF) personnel launched an operation this morning to trace the kidnapped persons.

In another incident, terrorists exploded two grenades on the house of Nissar Ahmad, a surrendered terrorist, in the Gowri village in the Gandoh area of Doda. No loss of life or property was reported.

While fleeing from there, the ultras left behind one AK rifle, a magazine and 20 rounds. A search operation has been launched in the area to track down the fleeing militants, they said.

Night curfew has been imposed in eight areas of Udhampur district for two months to curtail civilian casualties during counter-insurgency operations, officials said today. Udhampur’s District Magistrate O.P. Kalandria imposed curfew from 8 pm to 5 am in eight areas of Reasi subdivision, they said.

The areas where the night curfew are in force are Audan, Chakalsalta, Old Lambi Bari, Hansa Wali Gali, Thakra Kote, Thanpal, Arnas and Chinkha.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has filed a chargesheet against seven persons, including a woman, in the court of Principal Sessions Judge for harbouring militants and for their alleged involvement in the hawala network at Navshera in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The challan was filed against Amjad Khan, master Tasaduq Hussain, Dr Nasir Ahmed, Zaffar Islam, Parvez Ahmed, Mohammad Hussain and Ruksar Begum, wife of a cop, yesterday.

According to sources, Rs 1.95 lakh of hawala money, two satellite telephones, one pistol, four grenades, among other things, were recovered from their possession on September 3.

Srinagar: A militant was killed and four persons, including an Army jawan, were injured in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said.

One unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with the security forces at Senzen village in Pulwama district this afternoon, the sources said here adding, the gunbattle was going on till last reports came in.

Three civilians and an Army jawan were injured during an exchange of fire between security forces and militants at Nadihal in Baramulla district, the sources said.

The militants opened fire at an army convoy which was retaliated by the troops, resulting to injuries to the three civilians and the armyman. 

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Fewer visitors from PoK going back
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 14
The number of visitors from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) refusing to go back on the expiry of their permits has been gradually increasing.

At least five persons from PoK, among those allowed to visit relatives here under confidence-building measures (CBMs), have refused to go back on the expiry of permits.

Under CBMs initiated by India and Pakistan for increasing people-to-people contact, separated relatives on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) are being allowed to cross the three entry points on the basis of permits as passport and visa procedures have been relaxed.

What has come as a cause for concern is that many visitors have refused to go back and decided to settle here.

The police has not deported any of them, apparently under political pressure.

Three persons, supposed to go back on Monday last, did not report at the Chakkan-da-Bagh transit point in Poonch.

They were Tauseef Ahmad and his daughter Nadia of the Kotli area in PoK and Arshad Niwad of Hajeera.

Investigations by the police revealed that the family was reluctant to go back and was insisting on settling here.

Nawab Din had refused to get deported and his further stay was facilitated by court, which stayed his deportation.

Another visitor from PoK, Mohammad Sadiq, had also reportedly come here with the intention of staying back.

He was sick and was rushed to the hospital immediately after he crossed the LoC.

A family of three had recently crossed the LoC in the Uri sector for staying here permanently.

These incidents were not isolated cases and people from PoK had been returning here from time to time.

The government had come in for criticism by the people, particularly in the Jammu region and by opposition parties, when a visitor from PoK filed a petition in court for restoration of his ancestral property that had been left behind.

The people in the Jammu division had always been suspicious of intentions of the state government on the issue of evacuees’ property.

Several incidents of people claiming property here during visits from Pakistan or PoK had come to light.

Property in other states of those who went to Pakistan during Partition had been given to refugees, but Jammu and Kashmir had maintained evacuees’ property as the law provided for restoration to original owners if they returned.

The then National Conference government had introduced the Resettlement Bill in the early 1980s to simplify the procedure for restoring property.

Although the Bill had been passed, it was put on hold by court on an appeal filed by Mr Bhim Singh, chairman of the Panthers Party.

The Congress had taken political advantage of the Bill during Assembly elections in 1983, when it won 26 of the 37 seats in the Jammu division.

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Deportation of Afghan national ordered

Srinagar, October 14
Holding that there is no case against him, a local court has ordered that an Afghan national arrested on the LoC 12 years ago be deported within a month.

A city magistrate directed the Senior Superintendent of Police of Counter-Insurgency Kashmir (CIK) that since there was no case against the man, Nasiulla, he should be deported to his country within a month.

Nasiullah of Panjsheer valley in Afghanistan was arrested by the security forces on the Line of Control in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir in 1994. On conducting a body search, nothing incriminating or illegal was found on him.

He was taken into custody and the CIK filed a case against him on April 18, 2000. On September 19 this year, he was presented before the city magistrate. During subsequent hearings, he accepted having crossed the border without valid documents.

Nasiullah said he was ready for punishment and the court awarded him two years’ imprisonment and Rs 1,000 as fine but deemed the sentence served as he was in jail since 1994. — PTI

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BJP units to submit memo to Kalam on Afzal issue

Jammu, October 14
District units of the BJP have decided to send a memorandum to the President of India requesting him not to grant clemency to Mohammad Afzal Guru, sentenced to death for his involvement in the terrorist strike on Parliament on December 13, 2001.

According to party president, Nirmal Singh, office-bearers of all six districts in Jammu region would frame memoranda before October 17. “The moment we receive these memoranda, these will be submitted to the President of India,” he told mediapersons men here today.

He said: “We feel pained over those seeking clemency for Afzal Guru because people in Jammu and Kashmir have been facing death and destruction on account of militancy during the past over 16 years.”

The BJP president said the women wing of the party would stage demonstrations in Jammu on October 17. Women activists and supporters of the BJP would wear black badges and carry black flags. — OC

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Ibrahim Dar dead

Srinagar, October 14
Former MLA and close associate of National Conference founder Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah Ibrahim Dar passed away today after a brief illness. Mr Dar, who was associated with the freedom struggle and other movements in Jammu and Kashmir, represented the Pulwama Assembly segment in 1977.

A low-profile leader, he quit active politics in 1987. Several leaders, including National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah, party president Omar Abdullah and state Minister for Tourism Mohammad Dilawar Mir expressed grief over his demise. 
— PTI

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